Monday, January 11, 2016

"Will the West Create its Next Failed State in Burundi?"

There's something big going on across the globe that I've been debating posting on for the last four years.
If you are interested, here is one loose thread in a small corner of the tapestry to pick at, that, if followed, might lead on to the rest.
Further, your affiant sayeth naught.

From Libya 360, November 8, 2015:

Will the West Create its Next Failed State in Burundi?
Charles Kambanda told KPFA that the West is trying to create a failed state whose resources will then be easier to control. 
KPFA Weekend News Anchor Sharon Sobotta: After a failed coup attempt followed by six months of armed insurrection in the streets of Burundi’s capital, Bumjumbura, the government issued an ultimatum, offering amnesty to insurgents who would lay down their arms by today, Saturday, November 7th. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story. 
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Burundi is a tiny, landlocked nation bordering Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania deep in the heart of Africa. Its Hutu-Tutsi-and-Twa social groupings mirror those of neighboring Rwanda and the two nations’ political struggles have long been intertwined. 
After Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ultimatum to insurrectionists to lay down their arms, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, and the International Crisis Group, a think tank headed by Western military, government and corporate officials, warned of massacres like those in Rwanda in 1994. In contrast, Charles Kambanda, Rwandan American attorney and former professor at the National University of Rwanda, describes the conflict as political and its larger context as an East/West power struggle for resources. 
Charles Kambanda: What is really happening in Burundi is no different than what happened in DRC, in Congo. We have these multinational corporations, Western corporations, fighting for natural resources in that region. The best way for these companies to conquer these natural resources is to create a situation where no government is in control. Burundi is now known for a type of natural resource called nickel and they say six percent of the world’s nickel is in Burundi. And if we want to remember the geography of that region, Burundi borders with Congo, and Congo, the other side, is so rich in minerals. So we have these corporations fighting to control Burundi, to create a failed state in Burundi, so that they can get involved in illegal business in that region....MORE
Fast forward to the Institute for Security Studies, January 8, 2016:

Burundi a big step forward for the AU
The symbolic value of the African Union’s (AU’s) decision at the end of last year to send troops to Burundi should not be underestimated. 
For the first time, the continental organisation has taken a decision that could lead to the deployment of an AU force that is not welcomed by the host country government....MORE